Bar News - February 18, 2011
Congratulations to the 2011 Midyear Meeting Award Recipients
Chief Justice Dalianis Receives Hollman Award
NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis stands with Judge Hollman after being presented with the Philip A. Hollman Award for Gender Equality. In his remarks, Judge Hollman called Dalianis "a combination of Marilla Ricker and Daniel Boone." He said she has been a pioneer in many areas of the law, not just in gender equality.
In her acceptance of the award, Dalianis mentioned the recent Bar Journal summer 2010 issue on gender equality and urged her audience to read in particular the article by Maureen Raiche Manning and Jennifer Farrell, Women Attorneys in New Hampshire: A Changing Perspective.
Those in attendance at the breakfast also heard from Katherine M. Hanna, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, Manchester, Emily G. Rice, Orr & Reno, Concord and Hon. Jacalyn A. Colburn, Hillsborough South, on the subject of judicial selection and in particular the role of women in the judiciary. Judge Colburn said that "even if you have never thought of becoming a judge, don’t regard it as an impossible goal." She stressed the importance of applying again if your application is turned down the first time.
The recipient of the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor this year is the attorney responsible for creating it: Steven Scudder.
L. Jonathan Ross Award for
Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor
The same year he was admitted, he was hired as director of the NH Bar Pro Bono program, which he ran for 10 years, developing referral marathons, greater recognition of especially committed volunteers, and specialty programs that might attract attorneys who would not accept the divorce and custody cases.
Steven also helped develop the successful and nationally recognized Domestic Violence Emergency Project (DOVE).
He also initiated the Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament, which today remains the single largest fundraising effort by Pro Bono.
Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award
Marshall has worked for the court system for his entire legal career, starting as a deputy clerk at the Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester. Then he served as clerk of court for Merrimack County Superior Court until his appointment to the newly created southern district of Hillsborough County.
Said one judge: "He is among the very best of our superior court clerks. He works very hard, and is very well respected by attorneys and litigants for his openness, helpfulness and accessibility."
The judge added: "Further, Marshall is among the most cautious of public servants with respect to the expenditure of state funds. Some say Marshal probably still has the first dollar he ever earned!"
George "Kit" Carter
Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service
Kit Carter is a true North Country lawyer, having practiced his entire career in Whitefield, Colebrook, and Lancaster. Much of his work involves state-appointed representation of children and parents in abuse and neglect or CHINs cases, as well as real estate and other general law practice work. He is a longtime volunteer for the Bar’s DOVE Project.
In addition to the law, Kit’s passion is the theater – he has served on the board of the Weathervane Theater in Whitefield is a board member and actor for the Colonel Town Players in Lancaster.
Kit is well-known in his community for his work with families, and for helping to incorporate the Lancaster Main Street Corporation and the Historical Society.
Distinguished Service to the Public Award
During his entire legal career, Charles has immersed himself in service to his profession and his community. He has been chair of the New Lawyers Committee and is a consistent volunteer for Pro Bono and the DOVE Project, and is a member of the Bar’s Member Services Work Group. Currently, he also serves on the CLE Committee.
In the Mount Washington Valley, he has extended his commitment to assist with Starting Point, a local crisis center and temporary housing service for domestic violence survivors.
In his community, he is president of the Rotary Club, and serves on boards for local schools, churches, and for the Tamworth Conservation Commission.
2011 Pro Bono Award Winners: Thank You!
From left, Janice Rabchenuk (Pro Bono Staff), Chantell Wheeler (Staff), Marilyn Mahoney, Tracy Bernson, Velma McClure, NHBA President Marilyn McNamara, NHBA Legal Services Director Virgina Martin, Kysa Crusco, Carolann Wooding (Staff), Joshua Pantesco, Scott O’ Connell, and Pamela Dodge (Staff). |
Thomas Trunzo, Lebanon
Thomas Trunzo of Lebanon is one of Pro Bono’s most responsive and prolific volunteers, with a three-decade record of distinguished service in helping low-income individuals and families in the Upper Valley with their legal needs. Few attorneys in the history of the Pro Bono Program have so graciously accepted so many complicated, time-sensitive, high-stake cases in the areas of family law, housing and domestic violence. At the close of 2010, Attorney Trunzo had accepted 64 cases just since the year 2000.
Marilyn Mahoney, Manchester
The Pro Bono Program recognizes Marilyn Mahoney for her commitment for always going above and beyond, and providing life-changing services to her Pro Bono clients. This past year, she closed a case for just one client after spending 560 hours over three years, assuring not only a resolution to her client’s domestic law issues, but a strong financial footing to move ahead with. She has also mentored newer family law attorneys and is always willing to help the Pro Bono Program with complicated legal questions.
Kysa Crusco, Bedford
Although one of Pro Bono’s relatively new volunteers, Kysa Crusco was on board asking how she could help within weeks of becoming a member of the NH Bar in 2003. At every turn she has shown her dedication and commitment to helping less fortunate members of her community with family law, housing and domestic violence issues. In 2006 Kysa joined the DOVE panel and has become a strong advocate for victims of domestic violence and is always willing to support staff on complicated case matters.
Joseph Dubiansky, Deerfield
For more than a quarter century, Joe Dubiansky has been quietly doing good for low-income people through the Pro Bono Program; he is one of Pro Bono’s unsung heroes. As a sole practitioner, he has accepted over 33 cases since 1995. Recently, he expanded his already considerable involvement, stepping up to assist low-income people through Pro Bono’s Low-Income Taxpayer Project.
Dawn DiManna, Kingston
Dawn DiManna Kingston began volunteering with the Pro Bono Program shortly after being admitted to the NH Bar in 2004. Since that time, her contributions have been many and varied. She has accepted more than 36 cases during the ensuing years, including many contested family law matters, domestic violence cases and bankruptcies. She travels monthly to the crisis center in Plymouth to meet with and provide legal advice to victims of domestic violence.
Tracy Bernson, Dover
Since Tracy Bernson joined the Pro Bono panel in 2003, she has accepted more than three dozen cases, representing clients in some of the most contested family law matters. She has logged hundreds of hours to meet the legal needs of low-income clients on an array of domestic law issues. She has helped clients with consumer law issues, drafting of wills, guardianships and more. Her willingness to take on cases has greatly expanded Pro Bono’s ability to provide services to low-income residents of Strafford County.
Carol Kunz, Goffstown
Once month after she was sworn into the NH Bar, Carol Kunz accepted her first referral from Pro Bono. From that point on, she has been a reliable and dedicated resource for Pro Bono staff, taking on challenging family law cases without hesitation; donating hundreds of hours of her time. In 2001 she extended her involvement to the DOVE Project, accepting call after call to represent victims of domestic violence at expedited final restraining order hearings.
W. Scott O’Connell, Manchester
For well over a decade Scott O’Connell has provided legal assistance to low-income individuals through the Pro Bono Program. He founded the Nixon Peabody Domestic Protection Team at his firm, which assists victims of domestic violence in securing protective orders against their abusers. In 2009, Scott joined the DOVE Project’s North Country Outreach program, a pilot project providing consultations to victims of domestic violence in a clinic setting.
Velma McClure, Merrimack
After a decade with NH Legal Assistance, Velma McClure decided to open her own solo practice in 2009 and did not skip a beat; quickly offering to assist Pro Bono clients with their legal problems. She joined the DOVE panel and when presented an opportunity to test-drive a pilot project providing unbundled legal services to victims of domestic violence in the Nashua area, she was eager to take on the challenge. During the past two years, Velma has helped more than 25 low-income people.
Ted Parent, Keene
Although he has been honored by Pro Bono previously, it is impossible not to recognize Ted Parent again for his career-long dedication to providing legal services to those in need. A steadfast supporter of the Pro Bono Program, Ted is one of the mainstays of Pro Bono in Cheshire County, as he assists indigent families and individuals with domestic violence issues and family law matters where legal intervention is critical to positive outcomes for the clients.
2011 Pro Bono Rising Star AwardJoshua Pantesco, Concord
After joining the NH Bar Association in 2008, Joshua became an active member of the Pro Bono volunteer panel by accepting his first case just a few months later. He has assisted numerous clients during his short tenure, in the areas of family and housing in particular, and has not been deterred by any of the challenges he’s confronted along the way. In addition, Joshua wrote an article for the New Hampshire Bar News outlining his experience with his first Pro Bono case; encouraging other new attorneys to volunteer with Pro Bono.